July 5, 2022 – Chat-mas in July + bring your own craft

It’s another Bring-Your-Own Craft day for this month’s Chat & Craft, but that’s not all we’re doing! Over the past few months members of our community have been gracious enough to donate plenty of craft magazines to the library. Now it’s time for you to take some home!

Quilting, scrapbooking, knitting, crochet, and cross stitch — we have a bit of everything! So join us on July 5th for Chat-mas in July!

Upcoming Exhibit: Abstract Paintings by Lori Marble

Favorite Children’s Books Reimagined: What Do You See?, an exhibit featuring abstract paintings by Lori Marble, will soon be at the Library!

Remember your favorite books from childhood? Perhaps you even have one or two on your bookshelf today? Now, picture them reimagined as abstract paintings. Artist Lori Marble, the now adult child of a librarian, lovingly remembers the books that shaped her childhood.

She asked the librarians at Joplin Public and Post Art Libraries about their favorite children’s books, read them, and painted them in an abstract, mixed-media style. She paints in an ambidextrous fashion, laying down large swatches of bold color using a palette knife in her left hand, while incorporating bold brush strokes and subtle details with her right. Her love of symbolism and pattern is evident in each work on paper.

The display is purposely hung at a child’s eye-view and will prompt each viewer to ask “What do you see?” This exhibit is presented by the Post Art Library in The Bramlage and Willcoxon Foundation Gallery. Free and open to the public.

An opening reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday, June 9th from 6-7pm.

For more information, contact Post Art Library Director Jill Sullivan at (417) 623-7953 x1041.

“Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” by Lori Marble

Coming soon: Summer Reading Program!

Joplin Public Library is excited to present our annual all-ages Summer Reading Program from May 31st through July 24th, with the theme “Oceans of Possibilities!”


No library card is required to participate in the Summer Reading Program; however, anyone is eligible for a free JPL card to be used from May 31st through July 24. You may check out physical items from the Library including books, DVDs, and more – AND – you can use the card to access our awesome digital resources. (Joplin Public Library cards are always free for in-city residents of Joplin.)

The JPL Summer Reading Program is a free program designed to keep the public reading, learning, and exploring all summer. After sign-up, children, teens, and adults alike will participate by tracking the minutes they read or listen to their favorite materials (books, magazines, newspaper, audiobooks, etc) on a paper gameboard that is handed out in the library, or on the easy, free, and fun website and accompanying app called “Beanstack.”

How to Use “Beanstack” Webinar – YouTube

To learn more about the reading goals for each age group, visit our Summer Reading page here: www.joplinpubliclibrary.org/summer-reading-program/

Another aspect of the Summer Reading Program includes fun, educational, and theme-based Library-hosted events and activities. Find the comprehensive calendar of events here: https://www.joplinpubliclibrary.org/calendar/

We are excited to continue two exciting partnerships with the City of Joplin. First, the Transportation Department is providing FREE Sunshine Lamp trolley passes for adults and teens when they sign up for the Summer Reading Program (child trolley rides are always free)! The pass (not applicable for MAPS transit) will be good from June 1 to July 31, and recipients may enjoy unlimited travel to wherever they wish on the routes. Second, the Parks and Recreation Department is providing a FREE single-use pool pass to children and teens who complete their first gameboard! Pool passes are good for a single-use entry to one of three Joplin aquatic centers – Schifferdecker, Cunningham, or Ewert.

Registration for the Summer Reading Program begins in the Library on Tuesday, May 31st, and goes throughout the months of June and July, ending on July 24th. Sign-up anytime within those dates to start your adventure!

Call 417-623-7953 or visit the Joplin Public Library at 1901 E. 20th Street (20th and Connecticut).

Get to Know: JPL’s Programming Librarians

Beth, Derek, & Christina

Beth, Derek, and Christina

Our Library has three Programming Librarians, Christina Matakel-Gibson (Childrens), Beth Snow (Teens) and Derek Moser (Adults).  In these positions, they are responsible for  planning and executing various programs, services, and outreach for our community.  To get to know them and their positions better, we sat down for an interview.

What is something about the Library people don’t know?

Christina: The Library is a Family Place Library, a national network of libraries focused on the parent or caregiver’s role in their child’s development, specifically their early literacy development, ages 0-5.  As a part of our connection to Family Place Libraries, we place a lot of emphasis on programs for that age group and on family engagement and prioritizing the parent or caregiver as the child’s most important teacher. 

Derek: Most of the databases we offer here at the Library, that you can come in and make use of, you can also use at home, using your library card.  We have a lot of different resources, that either through creating a profile, or using your card and your pin, you can access. 

Beth: Most people I meet think that Teen Services is mainly about connecting middle school and high school students with books or resources and offering recreational activities or study space.  It is–and it’s so much more!  The Teen Department offers a safe space, free of judgment for teens to grow, to explore, to deal, to connect, or to just “be”.  Building relationships is the foundation, the bulk of what happens here.  Actively listening to, chatting with, meeting teens on their own terms is so much of what we do and usually happens in a low-key fashion.  Teens want to be seen and heard, and we provide them opportunities.  Teen Services can be as incredible, beautiful, heart-breaking, messy, and glorious as adolescence itself!

As programming librarians, what’s your favorite program?

Derek: Storytime, that’s my favorite, and Book Swap! I love how both programs provide an interactive component, which really allows for reading to become active, versus merely passive. It’s something we can share as a community. 

Christina: Yes, Storytime! It’s a great opportunity to connect to families, and for families to connect with each other, it’s a great opportunity to model early literacy practices, and it’s also just really fun.

Beth: Anime/Manga Club is also so much fun!  It’s a monthly gathering of teens who are fans of Japanese animated cartoons and comics.  We watch a few anime episodes, draw, chat about favorite titles, and offer an additional craft or activity–also snacks.  Anime and manga fans are very passionate about their interests, so there’s often lively debate.  It’s a great time to hang out and socialize!  We’ve been on a brief hiatus and will be gearing up again during summer reading.


Did you always want to be a librarian?

Derek: I wanted to be a garbage man. I saw this episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles where some garbage men met the turtles in a sewer, and I knew, right there in that moment, exactly what I was destined for.

Christina: I did always want to be a librarian, or a famous author.  I used to play library and checked out books to my stuffed animals.

Do you prefer print Books, ebooks, or audiobooks?

Beth: Until several years ago, it was print all the way.  Then I had some root canals and discovered the awesome power of the audiobook to drown out the dentist’s drill.  I find graphic novels and comics are great to read as ebooks using the Libby app or Comics Plus, a new electronic resource we offer.  Although there’s nothing like holding and turning pages of a print book, these ebook services can show graphic novels in a full, two-page spread without a gutter (the crease in the middle where the pages are attached to the book’s spine).  I enjoy being able to see the art flat on the screen, uninterrupted, even though 95% of the time the art and text in print isn’t compromised.  

Christina: I prefer print books, but I agree with Beth.   


What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?

Christina: Putting on a fun and successful summer reading program (coming May 31st!)

Beth: Yes, summer reading!

Curiosity Kits Launched

At Joplin Public Library, we strive to encourage learning through fun. To help meet that goal, we are thrilled to announce new STEM kits for our youngest patrons and their families! These STEM kits, also known as Curiosity Kits, include activities designed to explore various sciences through hands-on learning!

Discover electronics and circuit building with Snap Circuits:

Coding and robots with Ozobot:

Electronics and inventions with Makey Makeys:

Curiosity Kits can be checked out for three weeks. Only one kit per card is permitted. Available kits include: two Snap Circuits, two Ozobots, and three Makey Makeys. The suggested age range for Curiosity Kits is 7-12 years old. The Makey Makey requires both an internet connection and a computer or tablet. Search for available kits in our catalog or put one on hold today!

Living Well Visits JPL!

The Joplin Public Library was excited to host Shelby Neely with Living Well LIVE from the Library.  It’s always fun when we’re featured on the show, and we appreciate the opportunity to share all we offer with their viewers!  If you didn’t get the chance to tune in, check out our segments below, with information on the Makerspace, March Madness, Curiosity Kits and Play Space!

Reading for Change: Books by Black Authors

All of these titles can be found via the JPL catalog

Picture Books

M is for Melanin

Concepts ABC Rose

That is my dream! : A picture book of Langston Hughes’s “Dream variation”

People Diversity Hughes

What’s the Difference?: Being Different is Amazing

    People Diversity Richards


    People Mom Mora

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

    Self Self Esteem Barnes

Just Like Me

Self Self Esteem Brantley-Newton

Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration

    Self Self Esteem Doyon

I am Enough

Self Self Esteem Byers


    Self Self Esteem Nyong’o

Hey Black Child

    Self Self Esteem Perkins

You Matter

    Self Self Esteem Robinson

Freedom Soup

    Stories Food Charles

The Undefeated

Stories History Alexander

Let the Children March

    Stories History Clark-Robinson

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

    Stories History Hubbard

Before She Was Harriet

Stories History Ransome

Easy Fiction and Easy Nonfiction

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel

    Easy Fic Grimes Nikki

Jada Jones series

    Easy Fic Lyons Kelly Starling

The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane

    Easy Fic Smith Nikki Shannon

Let’s Talk About Race

    Easy Nonfic 305.8 L56L c. 1

Child of the Civil Rights Movement

    Easy Nonfic 323.11 Sh4c

Trombone Shorty

    Easy Nonfic 788.9 An2t

The Stone Thrower

    Easy Nonfic 796.332 Ea5r

Juvenile Fiction and Juvenile Nonfiction

The Crossover

    J Fiction Alexander Kwame


    J Fiction Draper Sharon

The Parker Inheritance

    J Fiction Johnson Varian

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

    J Fiction Mbalia Kwame

Ghost Boys

    J Fiction Rhodes Jewell Parker

Betty Before X

    J Fiction Shabazz Ilyasah

Piecing Me Together & Ways to Make Sunshine

    J Fiction Watson Renee

Genesis Begins Again

    J Fiction Williams Alicia

Brown Girl Dreaming

    J Fiction Woodson Jacqueline

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

    J Fiction Zoboi Ibi

New Kid

    J Nonfic 741.5 C84n

We are the Ship: the story of Negro League Baseball

    J Nonfic 796.357 N33w

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

    J Nonfic 808.1 AL2o

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

    J Nonfic 817 H11w

The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives

    J Nonfic 973.0496 G82w

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History 

    J Nonfic 973.0496 H24L

Teen Fiction

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

     Teen Coles Jay

Let Me Hear A Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

     Teen Jackson Tiffany

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

     Teen Magoon Kekla

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

     Teen Reynolds Jason

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

     Teen Stone Nic

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

     Teen Thomas Angie

If You Come Softly and Behind You by Jacqueline Woodson

     Teen Woodson Jacqueline

Teen Non-Fiction

Teen Graphic Novels

March, Books 1-3 by John Lewis

      Teengn Lewis John March

I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

      Teengn Medina Tony I Am


The Vanishing Half

    Fiction Bennett Brit

The Water Dancer

    Fiction Coates Ta-Nehisi


    Fiction Yaa Gyasi

The Broken Earth series

Fiction Jemisin N.K.

Such a Fun Age

    Fiction Reid Kiley

Real Life

    Fiction Taylor Brandon

Sing, Unburied, Sing

    Fiction Ward Jesmyn

The Nickel Boys

Fiction Whitehead Colin

Red at the Bone

    Fiction Woodson Jacqueline


Bad Feminist

    305.42 G25 2014

How to be an Antiracist

    305.8 K34h 2019

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

305.8 K34s 2016

Heavy: An American Memoir

    305.896 L45h 2018

How We Fight For Our Lives

    811 J71h 2019

The Yellow House

    921 B79y 2019

Library now open late on Tuesdays & Thursdays

The Joplin Public Library is pleased to announce another extension to open hours. As of Tuesday, February 1, 2022 the Joplin Public Library will be open every Tuesday evening until 8 pm. The previous closing time was 6 pm. Don’t forget, we are also open on Thursdays until 8 pm as well!

The full list of current open hours for the Library are:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday : 9 am to 6 pm

Tuesday & Thursday : 9 am to 8 pm

Saturday : 9 am to 5 pm

Sunday : 1 pm to 5 pm

Come and visit us today!

Easy wireless printing at JPL!

Do you have something you need to print? You can print straight to the JPL computer lab printer from your own device! 📲 Printed items are $.10 per page for black and white & $.25 for color.

All you have to do is..

1) Download the free “Princh” app from your app store. 

2) Open the document/image you would like to print.

3) Click the share icon and select “Print with Princh” (likely near the bottom)

4) Return to the Princh app & enter one of these printer IDs.

Black and white printer code: 103469

Color printer code: 103470

5) Click select this printer, choose print, and pay at location, accept, then continue

6) Drive to Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th Street) and head to the computer lab to pick up your document!

NO LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED! Quick and easy, no more searching everywhere for a printer! Like and share to spread the word! 👍⏩

JPL offers Curbside Pickup

We’ve got shocking news, winter in the Midwest can be COLD! If you don’t want to leave the comfort of your vehicle, if you would rather avoid germs, or if you just don’t want to change out of your PJs, we’ve got you! Use curbside pickup at Joplin Public Library! Watch the video below to see just how easy it is.